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Twilio spikes after major revenue beat and bold quarterly guidance

Key Points
  • Twilio produced almost 10% more revenue in the fourth quarter than analysts had predicted.
  • The company said it saw gains from acquisitions Segment and Zipwhip.

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Twilio shares up 29% after-hours on strong earnings

Shares of cloud communications software builder Twilio jumped as much as 29% after the company issued fourth-quarter results and quarterly revenue guidance that sped past expectations.

Here's how the company did:

  • Earnings: Loss of 20 cents per share, vs. loss of 22 cents per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $842.7 million, vs. $767.8 million as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.

Revenue increased 54% year over year, compared with 65% growth in the third quarter, according to a statement.

With respect to guidance, Twilio called for a first-quarter adjusted net loss of 26 cents to 22 cents per share on $855 million to $865 million in revenue, which implies almost 46% growth. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had been looking for an adjusted loss of 5 cents per share on $802.9 million in revenue for the first quarter.

A downdraft affecting cloud-software stocks in recent months reduced the value of Twilio. The stock was down 23% before Wednesday's close, while the S&P 500 index was down about 4%.

Given current market conditions, "there may be some attractive opportunities, and we'll be on the lookout," Khozema Shipchandler, Twilio's finance chief, said on a conference call with analysts.

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